Pre-bud­get fire­works: Modi, Rahul slug it out

Cong dis­rupt­ing Par­lia­ment to avenge poll loss, says Prime Min­is­ter

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

One fam­ily is re­peat­edly dis­rupt­ing Par­lia­ment to avenge its loss in the Lok Sabha elec­tions, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said on Fri­day, tak­ing a veiled dig at the Gand­his, the first fam­ily of the op­po­si­tion Congress party.

The govern­ment has strug­gled with its leg­isla­tive agenda be­cause of a lack of num­bers in Par­lia­ment’s up­per house, the Ra­jya Sabha. Op­po­si­tion protests are also likely dur­ing the bud­get ses­sion — be­gin­ning Fe­bru­ary 23 — over a raft of is­sues, in­clud­ing the Pres­i­dent’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and the sui­cide of a Dalit stu­dent in Hyderabad.

“There are many lead­ers and par­ties even in the op­po­si­tion who op­pose Modi, the BJP and the govern­ment but they want Par­lia­ment to run and carry out its busi­ness,” Modi told a meet­ing of tea gar­den work­ers in As­sam, where elec­tions are due this year. “But one fam­ily is so rigid that they do not al­low the Ra­jya Sabha to func­tion and the na­tion’s agenda of de­vel­op­ment to be taken for­ward be­cause the peo­ple of the coun­try have de­feated them.”

Modi de­scribed such dis­rup­tions as re­venge by those who lost the na­tional elec­tions in 2014. The Congress was voted out of power af­ter two straight terms, win­ning just 44 seats in what was its worst ever per­for­mance in elec­tions.

“Those who have… come down from 400 to 40 (seats) have de­cided not to al­low Modi to work,” he said with­out nam­ing the Congress. “They have de­cided to cre­ate ob­sta­cles and dif­fi­cul­ties. The con­spir­acy for the same is go­ing on.”

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